Lunchtime at Hoa Mai on Jan. 11. (Photo by Christina Twu)

Vietnamese as a Second Language

A perspective from a native Vietnamese speaker, who has spent most of her life learning English.
Jul 6, 2016
English language learners and Talk Time volunteers meet up at the Seattle Public Library. (Photo by Lisa Nikolau)

Immigrants learn the language of Seattle at Talk Time program

Immigrants and other English learners can practice their speaking skills at Seattle Public Library's Talk Time.
Dec 14, 2015
The author with his mother and two sisters in 2003. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Tran)

How I never learned to speak Vietnamese

Alex Tran feels guilty he never really learned to speak Vietnamese. But is it really his fault?
Feb 17, 2014
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Seven more tips to speak English like an American

A quick guide for immigrants in the U.S. working to perfect their American English.
Oct 2, 2013
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Drink Beer/Speak Spanish

Foreign language conversation meetups are big in Seattle. But they might be as much about meeting new friends as learning a new language.  
Mar 14, 2013
President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013
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Five tips for learning to speak English like an American

When I moved to Seattle from the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan to study journalism through the State Department’s Northwest Community College Initiative, the biggest surprise was the language barrier. I had studied English for fifteen years, but suddenly I knew I was in trouble. The slangs just were flying over my head and everybody […]
Feb 14, 2012